50+ Things to Do for Spring Break in the Fox Cities (and beyond)

Spring Break is almost here for many of our local schools! If you are sticking around for a staycation, here are lots of ideas for things to do!

FREE Things to Do

If you are looking for cheap or inexpensive things to do, head to a nearby library, nature center, or park! We have lots of ideas below if you are looking for something “new.” 

Take a selfie tour with local murals! We are working on updating our list, if you find a new one, snap a picture and let us know!

Make sure also to check out our calendar!

Deals & Specials 

  • Spring Break Special at Badger Sports Park: $23/person1 Laser Tag or 1 Inflatable pass PLUS $10 ame room card, unlimited mini bowling, and green swiper games. Monday – Friday, through April 12.
  • $25 Day Pass, Gear included at Odyssey Climbing and Fitness in Green Bay
crane and Construction at the Building for Kids
Building for Kids, Appleton

Museums & Science Centers


Weis Science Museum Menasha


Ariens Co. Museum?, Brillion |. Photo Credit: Christy Sprotte - Unlocking the mystery of the neurodiverse mind ?
Ariens Co. Museum?, Brillion |. Photo Credit: Christy Sprotte – Unlocking the mystery of the neurodiverse mind ?


paine gardens
Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh


Mulva Cultural Center, De Pere : Check our Reel from our visit on Facebook or Instagram?

Green Bay

Food & Farm Exploration Museum, Plover

Worth the Drive – Beyond the Fox Cities

Discovery World Milwaukee
Discovery World, Milwaukee

Worth the Drive Children’s Museums

Laser Tag at Badger Sports Park

Trampoline Parks, Indoor Play & Attractions


  • Luv 2 Play, Appleton – Enjoy three stories of climbing, crawling, sliding, and zipping! Cafe and grill available and fun games available to play!
  • Badger Sports Park, Appleton – Laser tag, mini bowling, arcade games, and more!
  • Funset Boulevard, Appleton – Enjoy Laser tag, playground, train, carousel, bumper cars, games, and more!
  • Urban Air, Appleton – Indoor go-karts, zipline, and obstacle course are just a few things that make this spot unique!
  • Altitude Trampoline Park, Appleton
  • Extreme Air, Appleton
  • Monkey Joe’s, Appleton
Glow in the Park Mini Golf Oshkosh
Glow in the Park, Oshkosh


Odyssey Climbing & Fitness, Green Bay | Photo Credit: Facebook

Green Bay

Bowling in Northeast Wisconsin
10th Frame, Appleton


Bowling is a fun indoor activity to forget about how cold it is outside! Both Super Bowl in Appleton and Sabre Lanes in Menasha are now owned by Bowlero and offer special loyalty programs, events, and promotions, and lots of lanes for bowling. 

The 10th Frame in Appleton is locally owned and operated and has good old-fashioned bowling, including keeping score by hand!

Electric City Lanes in Kaukauna has a cozy, intimate bowling experience with fluorescent lights and a fireplace. The full-service restaurant has a casual dining menu and a wide selection of beer, wine, and spirits.

Rolling Thunder Lanes has open bowling and an arcade (and wings!)

Tundra Lodge in Green Bay
Tundra Lodge, Green Bay


We have so many great indoor pool options in the Fox Cities, both at hotels and park and rec options. There are water slides, splash pads, lap swimming, diving, hot tubs and whirlpools, saunas, and more!

Need a winter escape? Head to the waterpark capital of the world, Wisconsin Dells for a fun weekend retreat!

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary feeding the ducks
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay


  • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay – FREE! A walk through the woods with animals native to Wisconsin to visit along the way, including wolves, coyotes, deer, and ducks that love to be fed.
  • NEW Zoo, Suamico – It is fun to explore here in spring weather when animals are active!
  • Milwaukee Zoo, Milwaukee – Visit the winter-loving animals and stroll through warm indoor exhibits! 
  • Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison – FREE zoo
  • Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe, Appleton – Enjoy a cup of coffee and cat snuggles! 
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha

Nature Centers

There are 12 Nature Centers for Families About an Hour From Appleton and you can plan a day trip with our ideas for nearby things to do and spots to get coffee and ice cream! Here are some of our favorites:

Manitowoc County Cherney Maribel Caves Park, Maribel


Dells of the Eau Claire County Park, Aniwa


kids walking on boardwalk trails at 1000 Islands Nature Center in Kaukauna
1000 Islands Nature Preserve, Kaukauna


High Cliff State Park Hiking
High Cliff State Park

State Parks

We have 26 Awesome Wisconsin State Parks 2 Hours or Less From Appleton!?

Pierce Park in Appleton
Pierce Park, Appleton


Head out to one of these Perfect for Spring Parks in and around Appleton.

There are some fantastic Oshkosh Parks with the Rubber Ground also!

BONUS! Spring park adventurer pro tip: Bathrooms are open at Fritsch and Fritse Parks in Fox Crossings/Menassha.

Catch Fire Creations, Menasha

More Things to Do

Sweet Lair, Menasha

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